This Pleasant and Grateful Asylum (1999)

This Pleasant and Grateful Asylum was created for and premiered at the Martha @ Mother series, presented by Richard Move and Janet Stapleton March 3-5, 1999. The dance was inspired by Bill T. Jones' encouragement to challenge suppression, oppression, and repression and is the second of a 4-part work called Things Which Transect Our Vision. The piece is a duet with Arthur's partner and collaborator Charles Rice-González. As the fabric moves and unravels, the foundation of their own love and intimacy comes up, disguised as choreography, to create a fissure in the narratives of loneliness, grief and death in the racist and homophobic discourse of the 1980s and early 1990s through the gorgeous strength of racialized male partnership. Nude and joined by their mouths, they come out and fly away together.


Additional Info

  • Title: This Pleasant and Grateful Asylum : Performance and Rehearsal
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 0:12:20
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1999
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Arthur Avilés, performer ; Charles Rice-González, performer ; Glenn Gould, musician.
  • Credits: Arthur Avilés, creator ; Arthur Avilés, choreographer.
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